Boston Pilot Response to Garrity Issue: “Meh”

September 22, 2015

In follow-up of the scandalous publication of Msgr. Paul Garrity’s opinion piece in the Boston diocesan paper saying that the Catholic Church’s teaching on the permanence of marriage is “ridiculous”, “untenable” and “disrespectful”, the Pilot has done a fair/mediocre job of cleaning up and correcting the mess they created.

They pulled Garrity’s column down after a week of letting people read it online and they published an very good article by Fr. David Barnes in last Friday’s edition defending the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. Fr. Barnes also wrote a more detailed and explicit rebuttal to Msgr. Garrity’s piece on his own blog which is first-rate and excellent.

If the Pilot and Boston Archdiocese think publishing the piece by Fr. Barnes somehow wiped up the whole mess, they are sadly mistaken. Phil Lawler at Catholic Culture gave the Pilot two cheers for what they’ve done; BCI would give them a score of maybe 3-5 on a scale of 1 to 100.  We mostly agree with Phil, except for his rating on the effort. Here are excerpts from his piece, plus some commentary by BCI.

  • We agree with Phil that the Archdiocese of Boston published a direct attack on the Catholic faith by a member of their clergy in the archdiocesan paper.  Why Antonio Enrique at the Pilot let this heresy through is an unanswered question. Based on Msgr Garrity’s record, everyone at the Pilot should have expected anything from Garrity to be problematic.
  • We clearly should not expect an archdiocesan newspaper to merely maintain an appearance of neutrality regarding Catholic doctrine. There are truths of our faith. Period. That is all they should be publishing. Period.
  • After realizing the error, the Pilot left the article up for a week. Why?  We do not know. The only thing we can presume is that the Pilot and Boston Catholic Media wanted it to stay up for people to read.
  • Clearly, the Pilot did a good thing by getting Fr. Barnes to write a piece to refute what Msgr. Garrity said.  But what is published merely sounds like yet a different opinion. The blog post (not published in The Pilot) identified the heretical article by name and clearly stated the purpose of the blog post was to address areas of disagreement.  But still, even Fr. Barne’s wording sounds like opinion, not objective truth.  He says, “My friends, however, would find the author’s characterizations of those who disagree with his position to be unfounded and untrue…” and “I disagree with almost everything in the article.”  How about saying that the teachings of Jesus Christ prove that Msgr. Garrity is wrong on almost everything in the article?   All the Pilot did was give the appearance of balancing a critic of Church teaching with a supporter.
  • Still missing is an apology in the Pilot for running Msgr. Garrity’s column
  • Still missing is an explicit correction of the errors and heresies in Msgr. Garrity’s column. Cardinal O’Malley, Bishop Uglietto, Fr. Reed (who runs Catholic Media), Antonio Enrique (editor of the Pilot) and Msgr. Garrity himself all will be accountable to God on their judgment day for any souls led to sin by this piece. Do none of these people care about the souls of the faithful being led astray by their actions?
  • Still missing is a statement from Cardinal O’Malley or the Vicar General—not just another priest, but the archbishop or Vicar General—correcting the record.
  • Still missing is a retraction from Msgr. Garrity (but don’t hold your breath waiting for that)

Furthermore, it is clear that Msgr. Garrity continues to publish heresy in his parish bulletins, for example, writing in the bulletin about marriage and divorce in a way that implies that communion for the divorced and remarried is something that the Church should accept. (See Aug 30th bulletin, page 2).  Regardless of what Cardinal Kasper, the German bishops, or the Synod on the Family may opine, that opinion is neither the teaching of Jesus Christ nor the doctrine of the Catholic Church.  Even the Pope cannot change that teaching.

For the sake of the salvation of souls, the Pilot needs to correct their error publicly as described above.  Write to editor, Antonio Enrique and/or call The Pilot to urge this action. Ultimately, Msgr. Garrity needs to be removed from any position of pastoral responsibility where he can teach or share his opinions and he should be put out to pasture. Write to or call Vicar General Bishop Peter Uglietto:; 617-746-5619 and Cardinal Sean O’Malley:  ArchbishopSean_O’; 617-782-2544 to ask for that.

Cardinal O’Malley: Please Correct Heresy and Discipline Your Priest

September 17, 2015

Msgr. Paul Garrity is at it once again–this time with perhaps his most egregiously heretical public comments ever–published in the official Archdiocesan newspaper, The Boston Pilot. And Cardinal O’Malley and the Boston Archdiocese have been silent about the scandal and done nothing to correct the heresy.

What Garrity wrote in his editorial column, “Synod Needs Your Prayers” is thoroughly BAD. It is so heretical that it needs to be removed from being accessed and he needs to be made to publicly retract and correct his words.  Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute expressed the problems very well in this Open Letter to Cardinal O’Malley.

In his article, Msgr. Garrity directly assaults the indissolubility of marriage.  He said:

“It is ludicrous to assert that divorced couples who have found love and fidelity with new spouses are still recognized by the Church as being married to their former spouses after the passage of many years. It is equally untenable (and disrespectful) to try to convince these happily married couples that, in fact, their relationships are sinful. Moreover, the Church’s current prohibition regarding the reception of Holy Communion by divorced and remarried couples would seem to be at odds with the consistent teaching of the Gospel about love, forgiveness and mercy.

In this one paragraph, Msgr. Garrity heretically denies three teachings of the Catholic Church and then heretically asserts that there is a division between Holy Mother Church’s loving guidance of sinners and the Gospels.

As you know, the Catechism of the Catholic Churchparagraph 2089, defines heresy as “the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an obstinate doubt concerning the same.” Given this definition, it is clear that Msgr. Garrity is proclaiming heresy in the following circumstances:

  1. Monsignor Garrity said, “It is ludicrous to assert that divorced couples … are still recognized by the Church as being married to their former spouse after the passage of many years.” This claim is at complete odds with paragraph 1614 of the Catechism, which expressly states, “The matrimonial union of man and woman is indissoluble: God himself has determined it ‘what therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder.'” Given this, divorce cannot actually dissolve a marriage bound by God Himself. Furthermore, when bride and groom take their wedding vows, they promise before God to be faithful to their spouses “until death,” so the caveat provided by Msgr. Garrity of “the passage of many years” likewise cannot dissolve a marriage. In light of the definition of heresy provided by Holy Mother Church, the only conclusion can be that Msgr. Garrity preached a heretical principle in your publication.
  2. Monsignor Garrity said, “It is equally untenable (and disrespectful) to try to convince these happily married couples that, in fact, their relationships are sinful.” Our Blessed Lord said, according to Mark, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” (Mark 10:11–12). In order for Msgr. Garrity to maintain this position, he must also blaspheme by claiming that what was said by Our Blessed Lord was “untenable and disrespectful.”
  3. Monsignor Garrity said, “The Church’s current prohibition regarding the reception of Holy Communion by divorced and remarried couples would seem to be at odds with the consistent teaching of the Gospel about love, forgiveness and mercy.” In this statement are two grave errors.
    1. Monsignor Garrity implicitly denies the sacrilege committed by those who receive Holy Communion while in a state of mortal sin. Saint Paul very clearly teaches, “Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself.” The Catechism of the Catholic Churchparagraph 2120, says, “Sacrilege consists in profaning or treating unworthily the sacraments and other liturgical actions, as well as persons, things, or places consecrated to God. Sacrilege is a grave sin especially when committed against the Eucharist.” What Msgr. Garrity says in this article is extremely scandalous, as it will likely embolden divorced and re-married Catholics to commit sacrilege against the Eucharist, thereby placing their souls in extreme peril.
    2. In this one statement, Msgr. Garrity attacks the Holiness of the Church.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church states in paragraph 824, “United with Christ, the Church is sanctified by him; through him and with him she becomes sanctifying. ‘All the activities of the Church are directed, as toward their end, to the sanctification of men in Christ and the glorification of God.’ It is in the Church that ‘the fullness of the means of salvation’ has been deposited. It is in her that ‘by the grace of God we acquire holiness.'” In contrast to the teaching that “The Church … is held, as a matter of faith, to be unfailingly holy” (para. 823), Msgr. Garrity suggests that the Church’s work to help poor sinners avoid sacrilege is somehow unloving, unforgiving and unmerciful. But even worse, Msgr. Garrity implies that Holy Mother Church is at sinful odds with Herself through a perceived inconsistency in Her teachings and in Her disciplines.

Your Eminence, this is not the first time Msgr. Garrity has openly preached views in direct opposition to Catholic Teaching. In 2013, Msgr. blasphemously compared homosexual “families” with the Holy Family in his parish bulletin.

[As BCI reported in 2013 in our post, “Boston pastor praised by Cardinal O’Malley puts Holy Family on par with homosexual couples“,] Garrity wrote:

 Taken all together, the first family of Christianity reminds us that there is no such thing as normal. Every family is different and this means that we need to broaden our understanding of family life beyond TV sitcoms and applaud the virtues of family living wherever we find them: two-parent families, single-parent families, blended families, families with two mommies or two daddies and adoptive families. What is most important is that we continually hold up the family as the instrument that God has chosen to communicate God’s unconditional love to the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society.

Your Eminence, countless souls are gravely imperiled by the outright heresy being preached by Msgr. Garrity. At this current time, where there is so much confusion and anxiety over the Church’s authentic and immutable teachings regarding the family, we beg you, for the sake of Msgr. Garritys soul and the souls of those led astray by him, to remove this article from your publication and publicly correct the error proclaimed by your priest.

Yesterday, the Catholic League of Masschusetts weighed in:

The Catholic Action League called Garrity’s column “a shocking disavowal of Catholic morality by a prominent pastor of the Archdiocese of Boston, in the Archbishop’s own newspaper.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Garrity’s heretical assertions go far beyond the so-called concessions in pastoral practice envisaged by some synod fathers. Garrity unambiguously repudiates, and holds up to public ridicule, the constant, 2,000 year old doctrine of the Catholic Church on the indissolubility of a valid, sacramental marriage. Ordinary Catholics, reading Garrity in a diocesan newspaper published by Cardinal O’Malley, could be led to the erroneous belief that Catholic moral teaching is changeable.”

“Although Garrity invokes ‘love, forgiveness and mercy,’ he doesn’t practice it. Apparently, for him, the Spiritual Works of Mercy — counseling the doubtful, instructing the ignorant, and admonishing the sinner — are obsolete. Warning the flock of the dangers of mortal sin is intrinsic to the priesthood. For Garrity, such priestly duty is ‘disrespectful.’”

“There are three scandals here: that a Catholic pastor would propound such heresy; that an official Catholic newspaper would publish it; and that a Catholic archdiocese, would, by its silence, acquiesce in it. Twice in recent years, lay columnists who wrote opinion pieces in The Pilot critical of homosexuality were forced to clarify their comments. We will see if a different standard applies to a chancery connected cleric who mocks Catholic morality.”

Everyone reading this should be outraged. Here is who you should both call and email:

Cardinal Sean O’Malley:  ArchbishopSean_O’; 617-782-2544

Vicar General Bishop Peter Uglietto:; 617-746-5619

Episcopal Vicar (West Region) over Msgr. Garrity: Very Reverend Brian R. Kiely: 508-647-0296

Interim Episcopal Vicar and Secretary for Parish Life: Fr. Bryan Parrish:; 617-746-5618

Editor of The Boston Pilot Antonio Enrique:

Stop Baby Parts Trafficing Webcast: Tonight 9pm ET

September 15, 2015

Mass Citizens for Life invites all to register for a 40 Days for Life webinar, taking place at 9pm ET tonight.

The featured guest will be DAVID DALEIDEN, the 26-year-old director of the Center for Medical Progress, whose undercover investigation caught Planned Parenthood red-handed in the grisly practice of harvesting and trafficking in aborted baby body parts.

Millions of Americans have been stunned and outraged after witnessing these human atrocities through multiple exposé videos and the groundswell of media coverage. The U.S. Congress has now launched hearings and investigations into the abortion chain, and a growing number of states have begun stripping millions of taxpayer dollars away from Planned Parenthood.

Now, the abortion empire is striking back

Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry — along with their powerful allies in Washington, D.C. — have just launched a full-scale war against David Daleiden.

Their high-powered, top-dollar legal, PR, and crisis management firms are rolling out a barrage of ruthless offensives in a desperate attempt to misdirect and mislead the American people … silence the Center for Medical Progress through court injunctions … and crush David through withering legal and personal attacks.

But just like the David who stood up against 
Goliath in Biblical times, David Daleiden is 
fearlessly taking on the abortion giant … 

… And YOU can help determine who will win this epic struggle by joining David and other top pro-life leaders for this one-time-only webcast.

WHAT: Urgent “Stop Baby Parts Trafficking” nationwide webcast

DATE: This coming Tuesday, September 15

TIME: 9 PM  Eastern (8 PM Central,  7 PM Mountain,  6 PM Pacific)


In addition to MCFL and David Daleiden, you’ll also hear from two of the top pro-life attorneys in the world — Tom Brejcha of the Thomas More Society, andKatie Short of Life Legal Defense Foundation — and you’ll discover:

·  The latest shocking revelations about the aborted baby body part scandal — from behind the closed doors of Planned Parenthood …

·  The staggering impact the undercover investigation has achieved against America’s largest abortion chain …

·  The vital importance of ensuring that the abortion industry doesn’t succeed at silencing David and the Center for Medical Progress …

·  The devastating implications that Planned Parenthood’s ruthless attacks could have against life, truth, and justice if not stopped …

·  How YOU can help wake up America and stop Planned Parenthood’s inhuman practice of harvesting and trafficking aborted baby body parts!

Spread the word to everyone you know, and make sure to register and attend this important event:

Protest Planned Parenthood: Sat. Aug 22, 10am-12pm in Brookline

August 21, 2015
This notice comes from Operation Rescue.


10:00 am – 12 noon

There are now more than 300 cities involved in this protest!

And more than 50 pro-life organizations!

We are hoping for, and making efforts toward, major media coverage. Though most of the media prefer to ignore this major scandal about Planned Parenthood.

Despite the videos, that even Planned Parenthood acknowledges are real (though “the tone” was off!).

And now we have a seventh video, depicting an interview with a Stem Express employee describing her involvement with harvesting brain tissue from a still-living baby!

Speaking of media: on Tuesday night Planned Parenthood gave 16 “journalists” their Maggie Awards for Media Excellence – i.e., being pro-abortion lapdogs!


10:00 am — 12 noon

WHERE: Planned Parenthood
1055 Commonwealth Ave, Boston

We will be calling attention to the recent revelations of the barbarity of our nation’s largest abortion merchant. And of the urgent need to havePlanned Parenthood defunded and prosecuted!

Some of our speakers will be State Representative Jim Lyons, Rita Russo of 40 Days for Life, CJ Doyle of the Catholic Action League, Father Michael McNamara, and me (Bill Cotter).

Signs will be provided.

St. Pauls School Closing Saga Continues

August 12, 2015

The saga over the mismanagement by the Boston Archdiocese of the closing of St. Paul school in Wellesley continues. Here is an article in The Swellesley Report, “With faith shaken, St. Paul School parents try to set record straight on closing.” Below you’ll see the letter that parents sent to all St. Paul parishioners:

Dear Parishioners of St. Paul Parish,

On Sunday, July 26, a letter from Fr. Sepe appeared in the St. Paul Parish bulletin announcing the closing of St. Paul School. This letter implied that a lack of commitment on the part of school families was the cause of the school’s failure. This implication could not be further from the truth, and the parents of St. Paul School once again find themselves deeply disturbed by decisions and communications with regard to our school. We write to you now to set the record straight and make you aware of the following:

  • The school did not close due to a lack of commitment on the part of the parents, or because demand for the school did not exist. It was certainly not “clinging to only 32 students,” as you are being led to
  • The closing of Paul School was completely preventable. In fact, great strides had been made over the course of the year to turn it around and set it up for a bright future.

It is true that over the past several years the school has experienced a decline in enrollment. The cause of this decline is well­documented as due to the actions as well as inaction of our pastors under the advisement of the Boston Catholic Schools Office. However, the actions of the parents, under the leadership of their principal and the guidance of an independent consultant, were to engage in a series of initiatives to breathe new life into the school. To alleviate financial pressure on the parish, we undertook an ambitious Annual Fund campaign. The end result is the largest Annual Fund balance known to St. Paul School. Sixty thousand dollars of the reported $85,000 balance was raised only among the parents and teachers of St. Paul School. It is very likely that this fund would have exceeded $100,000 if the requests to speak at Masses were granted.

On two occasions ­­ in March from Fr. Rafferty and in June from Fr. Sepe ­­ parents received written commitments that the school would be open for the 2015­2016 year. These commitments had no other stipulations. The expectations were that our pastors’ written words would be their bond.

In the last week of April, school parents ­­ who had already submitted re­enrollment deposits in March ­­ received a letter from the Parish office raising the initial $200 non­refundable deposit to an unprecedented $1,500 due July 15th. This policy was described as coming directly from the Boston Catholic Schools Office. It was flawed, ill­conceived and poorly communicated, causing uncertainty relative to the commitment to St. Paul School’s continued mission. Countless requests to reconsider the deposit increase were ignored.

Adding to the fears and uncertainty of parents, on April 23rd our principal was terminated effective immediately, despite a clear upward trajectory and measurable achievements in fundraising and admissions. On the Thursday of Spring vacation, she was told to clean out her office by Saturday, and an interim principal was in her place the returning Monday with no explanation. The timing and manner of our principal’s forced exit demoralized our community, and in this mailing we share with you our collective communication responding to the event.

Following the termination of the principal, school parents pleaded with Fr. Sepe to reach out and engage the school community to assuage their fears and concerns. By ignoring these pleas, he cast further doubt about the long­term plan for St. Paul School, and previously­committed families started to pull their enrollment.

It wasn’t until the evening of the day he announced the school closing that Fr. Sepe finally afforded parents the opportunity to meet with him. It became clear at this meeting that more than 32 deposit increases had been paid; in fact, our polling after the meeting has shown that close to 50 deposit increases were paid. Additionally, there were a number of parents who did not pay for financial reasons or out of principle, but who indicated to the Parish office that their children would attend St. Paul School in the fall. At no point were parents notified that if they didn’t turn in this deposit increase, the school would close. The rushed nature of the closing and obvious disregard for due diligence regarding a decision with such resounding ramifications leaves us in utter disbelief.

Parishioners should be concerned about the closing of St. Paul School for many reasons. First and foremost, the manner and timing of the school’s closing has caused great distress and grief among children, families and dedicated teachers. Parents and teachers were told numerous times that the school would be available, and are now scrambling to find alternatives. For many, their faith is shaken. We believe that our parishioners and alumni would have risen to the occasion to prevent such a devastating event if they had only been given the opportunity to decide whether to come to the school’s aid.

Our children are the future of the Church and Catholic schools are the cornerstone of the church’s mission of evangelization. The children of St. Paul School have been the lifeblood of the parish for over 60 years. We ask you now to stand by St. Paul School by contacting the office of Cardinal Archbishop Sean O’Malley and voicing the following:

  • Your objections that the school was closed ­­ a consequential and far-­reaching decision for the parish ­­ with no consultation or outreach to you, and for the manner in which this closing was carried
  • Your support in the return of all Paul School Annual Fund monies raised under the “Believe in Our Future: 60th Anniversary Fund” campaign.
  • Your request for intercession on behalf of our principal, who was inexplicably terminated under conditions that leave us concerned for her
  • Your insistence that a thorough investigation into the role of the Boston Catholic Schools Office be undertaken, and that individuals are held responsible for failing to carry out the mission of strengthening Catholic

Please help us shine the light on St. Paul School so that what happened here will not happen to another Catholic school in this Archdiocese.

Yours sincerely,

# Parents of St. Paul School in Support of this Letter

To engage with the Parents of St Paul group on Facebook, click here.

Contact Your U.S. Senators: Defund Planned Parenthood

August 3, 2015

Mass Catholic Conference and a number of organizations have sent out email alerts urging us to contact our U.S. Senators today in support of Senate Bill 1881, a bill to defund Planned Parenthood.  Please act now and tell your friends and relatives to contact your U.S. Senators. Even in states like Massachusetts where the pro-abortion bias by our elected officials is well-established, they should still hear our voices.

Here is the message from Mass Catholic Conference:

Attached please find a letter from Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley in support of Senate Bill 1881, a bill to defund Planned Parenthood.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Knights of Columbus are asking citizens to contact their U.S. Senator(s) today and ask them to support S. 1881.

Senator Elizabeth Warren can be reached at (202) 224-4543
Senator Edward Markey can be reached at (202) 224-2742

Letter from Cardinal O’Malley to U.S. Senate:

August 3, 2015

Dear Senator:

I am writing to ask your support for S. 1881, to withhold federal funds from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates.

It has long been troubling to many Americans that the nation’s largest abortion network, performing over a third of all abortions, receives over half a billion taxpayer dollars a year. This concern has rightly grown in recent years.

The most recent revelations about Planned Parenthood’s willingness to traffic in fetal tissue from abortions, and to alter abortion methods not for any reason related to women’s health but to obtain more “intact” organs, is the latest demonstration of a callousness toward women and their unborn children that is shocking to many Americans.

The Catholic Church comes to this issue from a perspective rooted in experience. Catholic charitable agencies and pregnancy help centers have helped countless pregnant women find life-affirming alternatives to abortion. Our hospitals and other health facilities are second to none in providing quality health care for women.

We support the legislative proposal to reallocate federal funding, so that women can obtain their health care from providers that do not promote abortion. It is my sincere hope that you will be able to help advance this goal by supporting S. 1881.


Seán Cardinal O’Malley
Archbishop of Boston
Chairman Committee on Pro-Life Activities U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Inside Story of the Closing of St. Paul School in Wellesley, MA: Part 2

July 29, 2015

This post is a follow-up to our first post, The Inside Story of the Closing of St. Paul School in Wellesley, Part 1. The Boston Globe wrote an article about the closing today and got a statement from Terry Donilon at the Archdiocese of Boston.  The article repeats the generic statement from the school, “An attempt to secure solid commitments from parents for the upcoming school year was not sufficient.”   We think the reporters covering this story should ask a few more questions of Terry Donilon and the Boston Archdiocese.

Announcements blaming the closing on the parents or implying the blame rests with the parents do not sit well with the parents. The parents were asked to make a commitment of $1,500 by July 15th, and about 65% of the parents did. Fr. Sepe never specified just how many deposits would have to be turned in to make it “fiscally possible” to open in the fall.  Nor were parents informed of what the consequences would be if the parish didn’t receive a sufficient number of deposits. In addition, during the Annual fund raising drive (to celebrate 60 years of Catholic education with a $60K goal), the parents — who, according to the announcement did not commit to the school — raised about $67,000 to be used for the 2015 -2016 school year.  The latest tally of Annual Fund donations is $85,000, the lion’s share of which came from the parent community.  To BCI, parents, and others close to the school, this should be proof enough of commitment.

One might reasonably ask the question, “What will happen to those funds now that the school is closing?”  When asked about these monies in the parent meeting (which occurred on Thursday), BCI has heard several varying recountings of what Fr. Sepe told the assembled parents, neither of which is good. One source reported that Fr. Sepe told the assembled parents this was a donation and would not be subject to return.  Other sources recall Fr. Sepe equivocating and saying that if it was the “understanding and the stipulation” that Annual Fund monies were intended to benefit the school in the 2015-16 school year, then maybe the money would be returned. This answer did not set well with the donors or lawyers in the audience.

The full-time faculty were given contracts on July 9th. It is now known by those involved in the situation that they were at-will contracts, not the binding contracts that have been used in the past. Faculty were then called to the meeting on July 23rd and told there would not be an opening of the school due to lack of parent commitment to the school as noted above.  During this timeframe, positions which had been posted as open positions at St. John School were filled.  So good luck to the faculty!  In addition the school secretary who had to work at the rectory one day a week for the 2014-15 school year had been offered her regular full-time position at St. Paul school for the 2015-16 year, but was also then  terminated.  When she asked if she could work at the rectory in an open two day position, she was told the position had been offered and accepted and thus was no longer open.  A reasonable person might ask, if the future of the school was this uncertain in June and July, whey were these open positions filled by outsiders rather than kept open so those who would lose jobs could potentially fill them?

BCI is told that these are just some of the “shenanigans” that are surfacing in just the few days after the announcement.  In addition, Father Sepe is also on retreat for two weeks, leaving the school closing in the hands of a teacher at the school who has never handled any responsibilities such as this that would require administrative, legal or leadership expertise.

Here you have it. The downfall of a once great Catholic school largely because of missteps and bungled management by the Archdiocese of Boston, yet blamed on others. Meanwhile,here is a short video interview with new schools superintendent, Kathy Mears, telling Catholic TV how hard she works to help Catholic schools.

The St. Pauls situation and others similar to it suggest that Mrs. Mears has her work cut out for her. BCI is now hearing of other Boston-area Catholic schools in decline because of mismanagement by the RCAB. Drop us an email in confidence to pass along details if this is happening in your area.


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